Original Thoughts

Yesterday, I had this thought and decided to share it, thinking I was being both original and clever.

According to ThinkUp, it was a pretty popular Tweet for me:

Popular Tweet ThinkUp

and it drew a lot of response, certainly more than I usually get for any one tweet. Someone made the connection to the fact that instead of using the #amwriting hashtag, I’ve been going with the #iwrote hashtag. I responded that was exactly why I did it. At the same time, I offered that I couldn’t complete credit for it:

I couldn’t remember the exact context of how this came up with Joanna, but she chimed in and reminded me.

When I went to see the link she’d pointed me to, what I saw was this, from back in December:

And thus I was reminded of one thing and learned another:

  1. I am not nearly as original or clever as I like to think I am.
  2. Joanna Castle Miller deserves all of the credit for any insight and cleverness in yesterday’s tweet. But blame me if you found it unclever or annoying.

I really did think I had an original thought yesterday, and I was disheartened to learn that (a) I didn’t, and (b) I basically stole an original thought Joanna had. I’m sorry about that. Fortunately, making mistakes is how I learn best.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.